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An orange field of California poppies
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An orange field of California poppies
Description - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve features over 1,700 acres of California's official flower - the golden poppy - on display in season each spring. The reserve also features other wildflowers in bloom.

Attractions - Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve features over 1,700 acres of California's official flower - the golden poppy - on display in season each spring. The reserve also features other wildflowers in bloom.

The State Reserve is established to protect and perpetuate outstanding displays of native wildflowers, particularly the California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica, the state flower. Other wildflowers -- owl's clover, lupine, goldfield, cream cups, and coreopsis, to name a few, share the desert grassland to produce a mosaic of color and fragrance each spring. Seven miles of trails, including a paved section for wheelchair access, wind gently through the wildflower fields. The broad views of this landscape provide eyefuls of brilliant wildflower colors. These spectacular floral displays are maintained for the enjoyment, inspiration, and education of the people for all time to come.

Recreation - The park has eight miles of trails. There is also a visitor center with natural history displays and watercolor paintings by Jane Pinheiro, who was a leader in the efforts to preserve the reserve.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall. Summer are usually hot and winters are cold with occasional snow. Dress appropriately.

Location - The reserve is located 15 miles west of Highway 14 near the town of Lancaster. The visitor center is located on Lancaster Road (Avenue I.)


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Filed By: Sarcobatus (Goffs, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Incredibly crowded inside the park. Best to view in areas surronding the park but beware, the park ranger prowls around issuing bogus parking tickets for extra income. If you get one contest it, it will be dismissed as they are issued illegally.

Filed By: Mark Carpenter (Santa Monica, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: My wife and I went to this reserve this past Sunday and I have to say I was so crowded we could not enjoy anything. Having never been there before, I cn't say whether or not it was a good crop of flowers or not, but judging from photos we had seen it was not a really good crop. We were there around 9:30am and had trouble walking the trails due to the number of people there, and shortly after our arrivle it became very windy. All in all not a good trip for us.

Filed By: MEL (Long Beach, Ca)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We made an excellent diversion to the reserve on our way to Red Rock Canyon to camp. The wind was gusty and steady. The sun was shining and you needed sun screen and glasses. We had a blast and there were SOOOO many flowers.

Filed By: Cindi J. (San Gabriel, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 3/25/03 Got good info from CA Tourist info center (by $1 store at exit Ave K). Drove loop he recommended, lots of beautiful flowers!! Very windy, chilly, but flowers were spectacular, enjoyed it thoroughly.

Filed By: Dave (Pine Mountain, ca)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Good crop this year.If you are a serious photographer get there early because the wind picks up around 2pm.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Avoid visiting on a weekend during good flowering years.


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Additional Information:
Los Angeles County - Los Angeles County stretches over 4,000 square miles, encompassing high deserts, sparkling beaches, snowy peaks, and meandering megalopolis.
Los Angeles County State Parks and Beaches - In Los Angeles County, wild places exist in the middle of a major metropolitan area. The state park sites in this county cover mountains and high-desert to beaches.

Links:
California State Parks - Official agency website.

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